Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) Introduction

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) 2022-2023


Pamela E. Veenbaas, Program Manager, Office of Academic Appointments and Internships

The Academic Appointments and Internships (OAAI) has the central management and administrative responsibility for the Institution's fellowships, and other academic appointments. 

The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its research staff, collections, and reference materials by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers appointments for research and study using its facilities, with the advice and guidance of its staff members. These appointments enable qualified persons to make use of Smithsonian resources in pursuing studies related to research interests of the Institution and its staff. Appointments vary in duration, and many carry financial support.

Museums, Research Institutes, and Research Offices of the Smithsonian 

Research related information including research staff and affiliated research staff. 

Individuals listed in this section are divided into two categories; research staff, and affiliated research staff. Each listing contains information regarding the individual's educational background and their research specialties. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors and co-advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, and the availability of relevant resources, including collections, archives, and library materials during the proposed tenure dates.

Research staff may be named by applicants to serve as principal advisors, co-advisors or consultants.

Affiliated research staff who are in residence during most of the tenure period proposed may be named as a co-advisor or as a consultant by an applicant.

Conservation staff are conservators who as a major part of their position conserve objects in our collections and are appropriate to serve as principal advisors to Conservation Fellows.

Fields of research by museums, research centers and offices of the Smithsonian:


Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)

Archives of American Art (AAA)

Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)

Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM)

Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

National Museum of American History (NMAH)

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL)

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

National Portrait Gallery (NPG)

National Postal Museum (NPM)

National Zoological Park (NZP)

Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Smithsonian American Women's History Museum (SAWHM)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

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